Hey guys, so about 2 years ago I bought a 2014 Laredo. Originally My plan was to swap in the factory hid headlights. I found a couple of headlights off eBay and started building some harnesses to make them work. I got them to work for the most part, not like factory but the LEDs would light up but not dim. I sold the headlights before installing them because I wanted to build a JKU. I did a retrofit on the wrangler which was pretty simple with the ability to rotate the headlight once it's installed and aim it.
After awhile, I missed the comfort of my wk2, so I bought a 2015 altitude around Christmas this year. Merry Christmas to me! It's now lifted with 275-55-20 and some other small things.
One thing I was bummed about, no options for the factory hids! I knew I needed to retrofit or swap in the factory hids. I decided to try a retrofit this time on some eagle eye headlights! Anyways, here's some pics of my project. First was the disassembly... 270 degrees for 8 minutes and they pulled apart easily.
Getting the high beam bowl and projector holder separate from the housing was not fun. They use a ball and socket to hold the two pieces together to allow it to move for aiming. It required a hammer a long flat head from the rear to separate. Next was mounting the new projector. I opted for the morimoto mini h1 7.0 since it has great reviews and was a small projector. Probably not the best idea because it was almost too small. The factory h11 projector has a 3" lens, this has a 2.5" lens. If I used the factory mounting spots it sat about an inch back from the factory projector.
So I had to trim down the factory mounting spots an inch and then tap the holes again. Then I just used some sheet metal and fabricated some ugly little brackets that allowed me to mount, loosen and rotate the projector for final alignment. Here it is mounted flush. I also painted the factory shroud flat black to hide the projector gap a little more.
So before you remove the old headlights, it's best to mark the cutoff with tape so you have a good aiming spot with your new projectors.
The new alignment was nearly perfect, so I decided to close them up and final alignment would be done when mounting the headlights.
I had my Amber reflectors vinyl wrapped satin black with cutouts for the side marker bulp to shine thru.
Here it is all put back together too.
I installed a morimoto mopar specific harness and used their 50w ballast and 6500k bulbs which burn closer to 5500k at 50w and match my led DRLs and fogs better. To the naked eye, everything looks the same color. Originally I installed a drl controller to make the DRLs work like factory, but after installing only one led lit up full power. I brought out the multimeter and both got 14v but only one plug had 1/3 of the amperage.
I ended up going with a fuse tap on the drl circuit to power the DRLs and now it works like factory DRLs. Fired it all up and everything worked!
Looks much more aggressive in the front now. I love it! The morimoto projectors are great for an easy to install and reproduced projector. I've retrofit several headlights, and in my opinion you just can't beat the performance of an oem projector/ballast/bulb combo. These are still great and blow away the factory halogens with an hid kit or even the factory HID jeep headlights. Next to a Honda or Toyota projector though, they just aren't quite there yet. I do have bixenon capabilities now and used a 9005 plug splitter so I still use my factory high beams with nokya yellow bulbs too (yeah it's bright).
Anyways, thanks for checking my thread out and hope you all enjoyed the write up and feel free to ask any questions you'd like or throw out any tips on what you think could/would've been better!